Over the weekend, they were given even more fresh hope after Scotland Yard investigators, reviewing the work of the Portuguese police under a multimillion-dollar shadow investigation called Operation Grange, said they had pinpointed more than 20 “persons of interest” who may have vital information about Madeleine’s disappearance. The list includes many previously known characters, including a troupe of British freelance cleaners whose white van was spotted in the area when she disappeared. But there are also plenty of new names on the list, including a middle-aged mystery couple who supposedly rented a flat near the McCanns during the same period in 2007. The couple, whose names have not been released, told Pamela Fenn, who lived above the McCann rental apartment, that they had opened the unlocked door to the McCanns’ apartment the night before Madeleine disappeared to comfort the young child, whose cries were allegedly audible from their own apartment. … [Read more...] about Madeleine McCann’s Parents Get Fresh Hope as Operation Grange IDs 20
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All of this comes as statues of U.S. founding fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, have been vandalized by violent protesters throughout the country. While some pundits have described these protesters as part of a fringe movement, it is clear that their voices are growing louder, and have begun to have an impact on some of America’s most powerful leaders. … [Read more...] about These Politicians Used To Be Proud Of America. What Changed?
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